England star Buttler remains committed to Test cricket despite Ashes struggles

Jos Buttler has insisted he remains committed to playing Test cricket, despite England 's humiliating defeat to Australia in the Ashes.

Australia won the series inside 12 days, taking an unassailable 3-0 lead with a dominant innings victory in the third Test in Melbourne.

Buttler, one of few England players to feature regularly in all three formats, has struggled in the series, managing just 96 runs at an average of 19.20 and dropping several catches.

Geoffrey Boycott has roundly criticised Buttler's displays with the bat and behind the stumps, while Ian Chappell has called for Ben Foakes to replace him as wicketkeeper.

There have been suggestions that Buttler could turn his back on Test cricket after the series in order to focus on limited overs cricket.

However, the 31-year-old has instead outlined his ambitions to continue playing all three formats for England.

Speaking ahead of the fourth Test in Sydney, Buttler said: "It’s certainly my ambition. I don’t think I’d have put as much into it as I have done if it wasn’t.

"I have fantastic family support – they’re very supportive of me and my career, and make a lot of sacrifices for that.

"That’s one thing that gives you a lot of motivation and drive to try to make it all worth it. It’s certainly maintained my drive and ambition to try and play.

"At the moment I feel I’ve got that support and I’m in a place where I want to try to make it work. All I’m focusing on at the moment is turning up in Sydney and practicing well.

"There’s an overriding sense of disappointment and frustration with the situation we’ve found ourselves in. It’s still quite raw. We certainly don’t want to be a team to lose 5-0. There’s a hell of a lot to play for."

Speaking back in October, Buttler reflected on the difficulties of being a multi-format player for England, admitting it is "a great challenge".

"There’s so much cricket and you put in an IPL tournament which you want to be in and other franchise tournaments, it’s always going to be a challenge," he said.

"The challenge as an individual is can you be at the right level all the time with what that demands of you, physically, mentally and performance wise?

"It’s a great challenge and there’s not many people around the world who really do it to a great level and that shows why it’s tough.

"You look at all the top players and that’s what they’re capable of doing, [performing] in every situation in every format.

"I think the schedule makes it a bit tougher and Covid has clouded that even more with quarantine periods making a tour longer.

"The circumstances with which you’re involved in those tournaments and tours are different, so it’s certainly made it harder.

"I think everyone’s dream is always to play all the formats and be in every team you can be in."

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